48 rue Guérin, 77300 Fontainebleau, France
+33 1 64 22 11 77
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FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

General

How do I contact the Anglophone Section?

To contact us you can send an email [email protected] or call us at +33 1 64 22 11 77.

Can I talk to other parents/children about their experiences with the school?

Yes. Of course. Please contact us and we will put you in touch with parents within the Anglophone Section.

What exams are prepared by the Section?

The Anglophone Section prepares students for iGCSEs in English and English Literature, and for the “International” portion of the OIB examinations.

The French state system prepares them for the remaining subjects that make up the OIB exams. The subjects themselves depend on the stream chosen – Scientific, Economic and Social, or Literature (S, ES, or L). The French state also prepares students for the French Brevet.

Do you operate a "streaming by ability" system?

As a rule, the Anglophone Section does not operate “stream by abilty” or “track” students. Within the French system it is possible to skip a grade, if agreed by the educators and the family.  Small class sizes in the Anglophone Section encourages more one-to-one learning, modifying teaching to take into account differing abilities.

Is there more homework for Anglophone Section children?

Yes, students do have more homework than non-Anglophone Section students. In Primaire homework is usually given several days in advance to allow students time to organize their time. Homework in 6eme should require no more than 30 minutes per day to complete.

What is the nationality and teaching experience of the English teachers?

Anglophone Section teachers past and present come from a wide range of English-speaking countries, including the UK, USA, Canada, and New Zealand. All speak English as a mother-tongue and have previous experience working in their respective education systems.

What is your drama programme?

Our very popular plays are produced three times a year: The Lycee Play for the Michalemas Term, the Collège Play for the Spring Term, and the Primaire Play for the end of the school year in June.

The Primaire Play is performed by CM2 students and is the culmination of an important component of the Anglophone Section Primaire curriculum. All CM2 students participate.

The Collège play is open to all four levels of Collège: 6ème, 5ème, 4ème, and 3ème. Selection is made by audition at the sole discretion of the director (one of our teachers), though preference is given to 3ème students since it is their final year in Collège. Every effort is made to ensure that each Collège student who wishes to participate in the plays will have the opportunity to do so at least one time during their Collège career, but due to space limitations some students who audition may not be able to participate every year.

The Lycée play is administered in the same way as the Collège play, though since there are only three years in Lycée and Lycée students are very busy with school work, students who want to participate are almost always able to do so.

What sports are available within the school?

Sports activities are an integral part of the French Primary and Secondary curriculum.

Primary children walk to the nearby gymnasium for gymnastics, dance and indoor sport. They take a dedicated school bus to the local swimming pool for compulsory swimming lessons.

In College, cross-country takes up a big part of the First term with a race for all students being held just before the October holidays. Children are graded according to their level of commitment to improve rather than on actual performance. A Cross-country sports club is available on Wednesday Afternoons and children who are particularly successful can go on to compete at national level.

What Extra Curricular Activities are available in the area?

Fontainebleau and its surrounding area are very well equipped for a variety of sports. The Faisanderie hosts a Rugby Club, Athletics Club, Tennis Club, Riding Club, Football Club, Swimming Club and provides a base for training for many other sports. Melun and most surrounding villages offer sports clubs and programmes. Many of the clubs offer a “normal” training programme and an extended programme for those selected for competition teams. Some of these clubs do very well at National Level. Parents often carpool to take children to the different activities.

Which foreign languages can be studied here?

For Anglophone Section students, the College International de Fontainebleau offers German, Russian, and Portuguese from 6eme and, in addition, Spanish from 5eme. (Please note that the Anglophone Section timetable sometimes limits which additional languages can be studied. Please contact us for details.)

What are iGCSEs?

iGCSEs are the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. They are recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and have been developed for over 25 years. Our iGCSES are examined by the Cambridge International Examinations Board. The school prepares students for iGCSEs in English First Language – Language and English First Language – Literature as well as History/Geography.

What is the OIB?

The OIB (Option International du Baccalaureate) adds the subjects taught in English (Language and Literature, History-Geography) to the traditional French Baccalaureate. The subjects studied are substantial in depth and coverage and validated by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. The exams are extremely demanding as they require not only the full Baccalaureate as studied by all French students but two additional subjects to A-level standard – bearing in mind many normal stream English students in England would only take 3 A-levels.

Is there a dress code or uniform?

Uniforms are generally not required in public French schools, and our schools are no exception. However, correct attire is required as spelled out in the internal regulations of each school. Common sense should be a reasonable guide: anything provocative, obscene, or which would otherwise interfere with the learning environment should be avoided.

What other exams will children take?

They will have the option of taking International Option of the French “Brevet“.

How far away are villages that surround Fontainebleau?

Please see our interactive Google map on “The Geographic Location” for traveling times and more details.

Is a Carpooling System available?

While there is no official Carpooling programme endorsed by the Anglophone Section, many parents living outside Fontainebleau do carpool not only to bring children to and from school but also for activites held in the area. This does depend on which families live in which villages and the different activities chosen by the children. Some clubs also help to put parents in contact with each other to help.

Help - I need a babysitter!

Many of our Lycee Students are available for babysitting. A web-based list will soon be made available to existing parents, or can be found at the back of the Family Directory.

Are there English speaking doctors, dentists and mental-health specialists in the area?

Yes. A list of English-speaking doctors, dentists, and mental-health specialists in the area is available. Please note that inclusion on the list is only in reference to a practitioner’s ability to speak English. The Anglophone Section can not recommend or endorse any practitioner. Doctors, dentists, or mental-health specialists who speak English are welcome to contact us to be added to the list.

What are "Enrichment Lectures"?

Enrichment Lectures are provided to Lycée students as extra-curricular events, in coordination with INSEAD, one of the top five business schools in the world. The lectures cover a variety of subjects and are presented by experts in their respective fields. Enrichment Lectures may also be attended by interested parents.

What is the career profile of a Section alumnus?

Alumni can be found across the globe in a variety of international careers including politicians, professional actors, entrepreneurs, and professors.

What is the definition of Anglophone?

“Anglophone” means “English-speaking” or “An English-speaking person”.

For academic purposes, “Anglophone” refers to a child who meets two of the following criteria: 1. Mother or Father speaks English as a mother-tongue. 2. The child speaks English as a mother-tongue. 3. English is the language spoken in the child’s home.  About 40% of the students in the Anglophone Section of Fontainebleau meet this criteria.

Admissions

How do I apply?

What is the catchment zone for the school and does it affect where I choose to live/where I live?

The catchment zone applies to children entering only the French section of the school and is quite restricted. However, students accepted by the Anglophone Section can apply for a derogation with their local Mairie if they live outside this catchment area.

What is a "derogation"?

A derogation is the offiicial permission from your local Mairie for your primary school child to attend school in an area outside their area. Children of school age in France are meant to attend school within a catchment area defined by their local address. However, certain exceptions are allowed and admission to the Anglophone Section is usually one of them. You will have to show your letter of acceptance from the Anglophone Section to the Mairie. Please contact us if you  have any questions or require assistance.

What level of English is required?

A high level of English is required for entry to the section. Please see Admissions and Fees for further details.

My children are in the European Section. Can they switch to the Anglophone Section?

Enrollment in the European Section does not grant acceptance into the Anglophone Section. To be admitted to the Anglophone Section, children must make apply to the Anglophone Section and fulfill the Anglophone Section admissions criteria.

Primaire (Elementary)

How many children are there per class for Primary?

In general there are no more than 30 children per class for the French classes, sometimes less. For English classes, there are generally no more than 15 children per class.

How many English-language lesson hours are there in Primary?

Anglophone Section students spend six hours per week with Anglophone Section teachers, divided between literature, language and drama lessons.

What are the Primary opening and closing times?

The Primary school day is from 8.15-11.15 and 13.00-15.15. The school gates open 10 minutes before lesson times. For children who eat at the school canteen, they have lunch at 11.30 and then break-time or “ateliers” until 13.00.

What extra help is available for children who don't yet speak French?

For children who need extra help learning French, the French school provides a dedicated in-house CLIN teacher. “CLIN” stands for CLasse d’INitiation (or “Initiation Class” in English). The CLIN programme and teaching is designed specifically to help children who don’t yet speak French integrate successfully into the French school system.

How do I register my children for meals at the canteen?

Once you have been accepted by the section and the local town hall and enrolled your child in the school, you can apply for the canteen. For primary, you go to the “Espace Famille” in the Fontainebleau town hall and fill out the required forms. For College and Lycee, apply directly to the relevant educational establishment.

How much does the Primary/College canteen cost?

The canteen is billed at the same time as any after school care that has been provided. The amount paid for the meals depends on the income of the family. Above a certain limit (which is quite low), parents pay full fees at about 6 euros per child per meal. Costs can be different for students that come from outside villages so please check details with the town hall.

What are the conditions for children to eat at the canteen?

Children in the Anglophone section who live outside the Fontainebleau catchment area automatically have a place at the canteen. Children who live in the Fontainebleau catchment area and have two working parents will also have a place. However, children who live in the Fontainebleau catchment area with one non-working parent are only allowed to use canteen services one or two days a week. The remaining lunches must be provided for at home by the non-working parent.

Collège (Middle School)

How many children are there per class for College?

There are roughly 30 children per class in College for lessons taken in French and up to 15 children for lessons held in English.

How are the classes organised in 6eme?

The entire population of 6ème students is divided into 8 different “classes”. For three of those classes, Anglophones, Germanophones, and French-speaking children are mixed together. They study alongside one another during French-language courses but for English lessons Anglophone Section students are separated from their respective “classes” and attend lessons in a pure English-speaking environment.

Will my child remain in the same "class" from 6ème onwards?

Not necessarily. “Class” configurations often change from year to year to create different group dynamics. So, for example, a child in 6e3 (6ème level, class 3) may not remain in class 3 throughout her Collège career.

How many lesson hours with the Anglophone Section do students have in College?

Anglophone Section students in College have 6 hours of English lesson time which is divided between English Langauge and Literature and History-Geography.

How do I apply to the canteen?

Once you have been accepted by the section and the local town hall, you can apply for the canteen. For primary, you go to the “Espace Famille” in the Fontainebleau town hall and fill out the forms. For College and Lycee, apply directly to the relevant educational establishment.

What extra help is available for children who don't yet speak French?

For children who need extra help learning French, the French school provides a dedicated in-house CLIN teacher. “CLIN” stands for “CLasse d’INitiation”, or “Initiation Class” in English. CLIN’s are designed specifically to help children who don’t speak French integrate successfully into the French school system.

What are iGCSEs?

iGCSEs are the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. They are recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and have been developed for over 25 years. Our iGCSES are examined by the Cambridge International Examinations Board. The school prepares students for iGCSEs in English First Language – Language and English First Language – Literature as well as History/Geography.

How much does the Primary/College canteen cost?

The canteen is billed at the same time as any after school care that has been provided. The amount paid for the meals depends on the income of the family. Above a certain limit (which is quite low), parents pay full fees at about 6 euros per child per meal.

What are the conditions for children to eat at the Primary/College canteen?

Children in the Anglophone section who live outside the Fontainebleau catchment area automatically have a place at the canteen. Children who live in the Fontainebleau catchment area and have two working parents will also have a place. However, children who live in the Fontainebleau catchment area with one non-working parent are only allowed to use canteen services one or two days a week. The remaining lunches must be provided for at home by the non-working parent.

Lycée (High School)

What is the OIB?

The OIB (Option International du Baccalaureate) adds the subjects taught in English (Language and Literature, History-Geography) to the traditional French Baccalaureate. The subjects studied are substantial in depth and coverage and validated by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. The exams are extremely demanding as they require not only the full Baccalaureate as studied by all French students but two additional subjects to A-level standard – bearing in mind many normal stream English students in England would only take 3 A-levels.

What are iGCSEs?

iGCSEs are the world’s most popular international qualification for 14-16 year olds. They are recognised by leading universities and employers worldwide and have been developed for over 25 years. Our iGCSES are examined by the Cambridge International Examinations Board. The school prepares students for iGCSEs in English First Language – Language and English First Language – Literature.

In which disciplines are the English parts of the British OIB taken?

English Language and Literature and History-Geography.

How many lesson hours with the Anglophone Section do students have in the Lycee?

In Lycée, the number of hours per week spent with the Anglophone Section are as follows:

Seconde (2nd) – 6 hrs.

Premier (1er) – 7 hrs

Terminale (Te) – 8-9 hrs.

What help is available for university applications?

Substantial help is provided to students and their parents to help them apply to universities all over the world. Please see our Universities Support page for more information.

What are "Enrichment Lectures"?

Enrichment Lectures are provided to Lycée students as extra-curricular events, in coordination with INSEAD, one of the top five business schools in the world. The lectures cover a variety of subjects and are presented by experts in their respective fields. Enrichment Lectures may also be attended by interested parents.

What career guidance is available?

Each year a careers day is held where outside speakers present different career options.

Where do students go to study after the OIB?

About 50% of students choose to study in UK universities. Another 10% choose to study in US universitites. Many students are accepted by both and their final choice varies. The remaining students either go to French Grande Ecoles, European universties, Australian universities or other chosen career paths across the world.

Website Credits

Editor:  Association des parents d’élèves de la Section Anglophone de Fontainebleau  48 rue Guérin  77300 FONTAINEBLEAU  France

Website Director: Communications Coordinator for the Board of the Association des Parents d’Élèves de la Section Anglophone de Fontainebleau – Mary Gillier.

Website Team: Alexandre Hochart, Trent Vance, Guy Saunders, Mary Gillier, Mira Hudson, Debby Montelly, Simon Bayly, Shaun Corrigan (Head of the Anglophone Section), Sarah Palmer, Susan Walker with help from the teachers and parents of children in the Anglophone Section.

Website Developer: Alexandre Hochart. (http://www.uxdesign.fr)

Design of logo and brochure: Magali Lavaur. (http://www.magalielavaur.fr)

Design Consultancy: Olivia Bouet Willaumez (http://www.olivia-willaumez.com)

Coaching and advice: Natacha Thierry

Photo Credits :  Teachers and Parents of the Anglophone Section of Fontainebleau.